Steiner to toss first pitch at age 101 for NBC tourney

Edmund Steiner, a resident of Salem Home in Hillsboro,  prepares for his big first pitch at the NBS tournament.
Edmund Steiner, a resident of Salem Home in Hillsboro, prepares for his big first pitch at the NBS tournament.
Edmund Steiner, 101, a resident of Salem Home in Hillsboro, has been selected by Area Agencies on Aging in Kansas to be honored as “Keeping Seniors in the Game!” first pitcher on Monday, July 24, at the 7 p.m. feature game of the 83rd National Baseball Congress World Series at Wichita’s Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

Edmund and his late wife, Mildred, had four children—Marlene, Dennis, Terry and Shirley—plus 12 grandchildren.

Edmund grew up on a farm near Pilsen and enjoyed playing baseball. A member of the Lincolnville-Pilsen High School team, he played all positions but spent a lot of his time on the pitcher’s mound. He fondly remembers hitting his first home run in 1934.

Edmund is a member of the Knights of Columbus and is a devout Catholic who strongly values his faith. He takes great pride and interest in his grandchildren. He also enjoys gardening and outdoor activities. Edmund likes watching all types of sports and cheers especially loud for the Kansas State Wild­cats.

Edmund was nominated for the “Keeping Seniors in the Game!” honor by the North Central Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging. This group serves seniors and care givers in Marion County and in 17 other counties in the heartland of Kansas and also publishes the Keynotes newspaper for older Kansans.

“We are very happy to partner with the National Baseball Congress and ‘Keeping Seniors in The Game!’ to recognize the contributions that Edmund Steiner and other older Kansans make to our country, our hometowns and our communities,” said Julie Govert Walter, executive director of the North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging.

—NC-FHAAA release